Initial seismic vulnerability assessment of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan
AbstractRisk reduction is an integral part of emergency and emergency risk management. It covers the mitigation and prevention aspects and in the health sector, a focus on safer health facilities was the priority, in line with the global campaigns of WHO. In the South-East Asia Region, this was taken up through a regional technical consultation in 2008 and subsequently with high level advocacy through the Kathmandu Declaration of Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters signed by the health ministers of the South-East Asia Region in September 2009. Since then, the countries have used these as their main tools for advocacy and interventions. One example is Bhutan, which has invested and looked at this issue systematically. Apart from a National Safe Hospitals Plan, the key activity of assessment of health facilities was also started. Geo Hazards International (a globally recognized structural engineering group) was the technical partner of choice to conduct a structural and non-structural assessment of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital with financial and operational support from WHO. The recommendations of the report will be followed to provide mitigation interventions for this important hospital. The exercise shall also provide a basis for the methodology that would be applied to other health facilities in the country- to keep them safe and functional during disaster.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Initial seismic vulnerability assessment of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205345